Written in 1779, L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island) is set to a text by the 18th century’s most important librettist, Pietro Metastasio. Haymarket Opera Orchestra, Chicago’s premier period instrument orchestra, will introduce you to Haydn’s lush score for strings, flute, oboes, bassoon, natural horns, and fortepiano.
The story tells of the sisters Costanza and Silvia who have lived alone on a desert island for 13 years after a bad storm forced their ship to port. When they landed, Costanza’s husband Gernando was abducted by pirates. He has spent the intervening years as a slave. Costanza is about to commit suicide when Gernando and his friend Enrico return to the island to find the sisters. And all’s well that ends well.
Costanza - Kimberly McCord
Silvia - Suzanne Lommler
Gernando - Scott Brunscheen
Enrico - Jonathan Beyer
Craig Trompeter, Music Director
Sarah Edgar, Stage Director
Meriem Bahri, Costume Designer